The regulation of classes and tribes was a far more complicated affair than the adjustment of individuals.
The regulation of trade was the concern of the guilds in agreement with the council, the care of the poor belonged to the church, while the council looked after the protection of the town walls and the very necessary fire brigades.
Their office was to defend widows and orphans; they were to act as mediators; they had internal regulations like other religious bodies.
Such regulations would in general be no material impediment to obtaining the article, but a very considerable one to making an improper use of it without detection.
The prohibition of the importation of foreign cattle and of salt provisions, together with the high duties upon foreign corn, which in times of moderate plenty amount to a prohibition, are not near so advantageous to the graziers and farmers of Great Britain, as other regulations of the same kind are to its merchants and manufacturers.